I recently sat down with Dr. Bruce Redmon of the University of Minnesota for a new episode of the Urology Care Podcast on diabetes. While diabetes affects both men and women, it felt right to engage in a long-form talk on how to prevent diabetes during National Men's Health Month.
Dr. Redmon is an endocrinologist; also known as a doctor who treats hormone problems. The most common problem he treats is diabetes. Besides being an incredibly warm and pleasant person, I found Dr. Redmon to be a wealth of knowledge with a gift for describing complex issues in easy-to-understand words. As a graduate of the liberal arts and having no formal background in science, I always appreciate that.
It's recently been estimated that 9.3% of Americans have diabetes, so I really wanted to get to the bottom of who is at risk and what can be done (if anything) to prevent it. We also discussed the 3 different major types of diabetes-Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational and how they are different.
A major risk factor for diabetes is when you have a parent or sibling with diabetes. The most common type of diabetes is Type 2 and becoming overweight or obese will put you at risk. In addition to your age, race and ethnicity also may put you more at risk for Type 2 diabetes.
In our interview, Dr. Redmon said those who are overweight and/or inactive can strongly reduce their risk for diabetes by losing weight and getting active. Fair amounts of exercise can help those living with diabetes and it can also help others avoid diabetes.
Dr. Redmon stressed that people don't have to start running marathons or engage in intense weightlifting to reduce their risk. Taking a walk at a nice, brisk pace can be very beneficial to your overall health. Try to take a 30-minute walk 5 times per week to reduce your risk.
I highly urge you to read this article from UrologyHealth extra® for an intro to diabetes and how it impacts your urinary and sexual health. Afterwards, be sure to listen to our new Urology Care Podcast episode with Dr. Redmon.